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Ecology and Ecosystems
M.S., M.P.S. & Ph.D.

The Ecology and Ecosystems area of study focuses on the structure, function, dynamics, and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems, at a range of scales, from tree genetics and plant physiology to landscape ecology, modeling and remote sensing. Because functioning and resilient ecosystems are central to human well-being, research opportunities in this area of study address a diversity of topics that help us better understand and enhance the sustainability of terrestrial ecosystems in a rapidly changing world.

Participating Faculty

  • Colin M. Beier;
    forest ecosystem and landscape ecology, social-ecological systems, climate change, ecosystem services, landscape change modeling, resilience, adaptive management, resource governance, applied geoinformatics
  • Eddie Bevilacqua;
    sampling/inventory, biometrics, forest mensuration, growth and yield modeling, applied statistics, GIS/spatial analysis, forest ecology, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, quantitative silviculture
  • Russell D. Briggs;
    forest ecology, watershed ecology, soils, ecosystem services, watershed management, forest soils, silviculture
  • René Germain;
    forest health, policy, silviculture, forest management and operations, forest management for renewable energy, watershed management, sustainable forestry systems
  • Mariann T. Johnston;
    forest ecology, soils, biogeochemistry, forest health, silviculture
  • Charles A. Maynard;
    Research Areas of Interest plant tissue culture, genetic engineering a blight-resistant the American chestnut, conventional forest genetics & tree improvement, forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology
  • Christopher A. Nowak;
    Vegetation Management, Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Production Ecology and Plant Ecophysiology, Invasive Exotic Plant Control, Biogeography and Cultural Landscapes, Sustainable Management and Certification Systems
  • Ralph D. Nyland;
    forest ecology, forest health, restoration ecology, silviculture, forest management and operations, quantitative silviculture, forest practice
  • John C. Stella;
    riparian and stream ecology, restoration ecology, watershed management, ecological modeling, tree-ring science, river restoration
  • Philippe G. Vidon;
    Stream Restoration, Ecological Engineering, Riparian Zone and Watershed Management, Water Quality, Riparian Zone/Watershed Biogeochemistry and Hydrology, Best Management Practices, Surface and Subsurface Hydrology, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, Mercury, Carbon Cycling, Greenhouse Gases (N2O, CO2, CH4).
  • Timothy A. Volk;
    silviculture, forest management for renewable energy, biomass and bioenergy, energy, agroforestry, phytoremediation, management and sustainability of short rotation woody crops, life cycle analysis, ecophysiology, international forestry

For details on doctoral and masters programs, download the Graduate Student Handbook for The Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management. Hard copies are available from the FNRM office.

Contact Us

René H. Germain
Graduate Education Coordinator - FNRM
316 Bray Hall, One Forestry Drive
Syracuse, NY 13210-2788
Phone: (315) 470-6698
Fax: (315) 470-6535

Current Students

Only currently registered students appear—new student names are added at the start of the academic year.

Brannon BarrBrannon Barr

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: PHD
Advisor(s): Yanai

Previous Graduate Study: University of North Texas (Environmental Science)

Personal Statement
I am interested in determinants of species distributions and abundances at the community and landscape scale, related species interactions such as colonization, competition, predation, and symbiosis, the evolution of life history characteristics, and how these phenomena are related to resource supply rates and nutrient fluxes.

Timothy CallahanTimothy Callahan

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nowak
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF

Matthew CowenMatthew Cowen

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Veronica GonzalezVeronica Gonzalez

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MPS
Advisor(s): Briggs

Amanda GrayAmanda Gray

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Briggs
Undergraduate Institute: Christopher Newport University (Environmental Science)

Caitlin HomanCaitlin Homan

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier
Undergraduate Institute: SUNY-ESF (Biology)

Maneesha JayasuriyaManeesha Jayasuriya

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Germain

Daniel RockefellerDaniel Rockefeller

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Beier

Ashley SimpsonAshley Simpson

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Nyland
Undergraduate Institute: Franklin Pierce College

Yang YangYang Yang

Ecology and Ecosystems

Degree Sought: MS
Advisor(s): Yanai
Undergraduate Institute: Minzu University of China

Personal Statement
I'm interested in forest-based environmental issues that raised currently. I'm more focused on nutrient cycling in forests and the way to assess the forest health.

Graduate Research Topic
My project is detecting the change in tree tissue chemistry over time in Northern Hardwoods. Research,conducted in Huntington Wildlife Forest,will show a change in concentrations of tree nutrients in different tree components over time and detail the uncertainties of processing long-time detecting studies in tree nutrients..

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